TV Ontario's Studio 2 (July 13, 1998)
For many Canadians, Kids In The Hall took over where SCTV left
off. The cross dressing comedy troupe pushed the envelope, and
became a cult television hit. The group dissolved in 1995, but
for one of the Kids, Dave Foley, the ride was just beginning.
Foley went south of the border and straight into a starring role
on the sitcom NewsRadio. This year, he hit the bigscreen. He starred
in, and co-wrote, "The Wrong Guy."
[clip of "The Wrong Guy" with Nelson Hibbert (Dave) playing *the
staring game* with his boss]
First of all, I'm just going to screw up your focus... (Dave rocks
back and forth, and side to side) Oh, the seas are rough today...
oh, we should have stayed ashore... oh.... There, I'm sorry, now
Now you're ready?
Now I'm ready.
[clip of Nelson with his dead boss and the knife]
(voice-over) "The Wrong Guy" is a, uh-- I think is a smart but
goofy comedy about a worthless corporate type, who, uh, believing
he, is going to get-- when he is passed over for a promotion he
is certain he is going to get, throws a fit and finds his boss
murdered... and thinks he has horribly implicated himself and
goes on the run, not realizing that nobody is going to look for
him, and nobody thinks he did it.
[clip of Nelson phoning his fiancee before leaving]
That's the worst description of the movie I have ever given. Oh
god its-- ignore me now, because the movie is funny. (Dave starts
rocking side to side) I'm just a little seasick. Its tough doing
these things on the cruise ships.
[clip of Nelson with Jennifer Tilly's character]
Well, it's a comedy-- yeah, its definitely a comedy without a
lot of special effects or gimmicks, although, uh, Jennifer Tilly
is computer generated. Most of the money went into that. We wanted
to do sort of our version of a Zucker brothers film, or early
Woody Allen-- Kevin and I used to call it "gagfest comedy", where
it was just constant jokes. And that's what we set out to write,
we sat down and tried to write as many jokes as possible in every
scene. And I think we did that.
[clip of Nelson with a hotel manager (Kevin)]
Working with Kevin McDonald was like slipping on a pair of my
favourite old shoes. Which was pleasant for me, but pretty *damn*
uncomfortable for Kevin. (grinning) But it was-- it was fun. Kevin
and I-- its-- he's like the... Playing a scene with Kevin is like
the easiest thing in the world, since we know each other's rhythms
so well after working together for 14 years.
[clip of KITH ~ "The Cutest Boy On Death Row"]
I feel pretty proud of the fact that we're listed in the lineage
of Canadian comedy now... y'know, that The Kids In The Hall is
discussed with SCTV, and Wayne and Shuster, and y'know, CODCO,
and all that. Canadian comedians have a strong sense of craftsmanship
[voiced over a clip of Jacques and Francois] People have said
that we develop in a vacuum over here, and you never have a hope
of making a living, so you never try to fit the commercial market,
so you try to develop your own style. Then, generally, by the
time you go down to L.A., you've got 10 years under your belt,
and everyone says, "Wow, these Canadians are really professional!
And skillful." Obviously, it's not so much about Canadians, it's
just that Americans aren't really funny, so we have to go down
there and fill the void.
[clip of Dave and Bill on "NewsRadio" - when Bill finds out he
has 36 years to live]
I think there's more great comedy writing on television than film.
People don't take-- oddly enough, people don't take as many risks
in feature films than they do in television. They-- maybe because
of the demands of the medium. You have to produce so much material
for television, that they don't have time to censor and worry
about it. There's a-- strangely, its a much freer medium for a
comedian to work in.
[clip of Dave in drag on the "Halloween" episode of "NewsRadio"]
The "Halloween episode... my return to drag-- my first time playing
drag really, because it was the first time I ever played a man
in a dress, because I've always played women in dresses. So it
was really weird trying to figure out, "Well, how do I do that?
How feminine do I make my body posture?" Obviously, as you can
see, that's not much of a big stretch for me. And really, it was
just a cheap attempt to please the Kids In The Hall fans- that
was the idea behind it.
[clip of Dave in drag with the mime in "Halloween"]
I *do* look good in a dress... I'm a fine lookin' woman. Y'know,
I'm a handsome gal, and really, a pretty mediocre man. Which is
sad. You know, my whole adolescence would have been much more
successful if I had been a girl. But, you only live once.
[clip of KITH ~ "Rusty"]
I really don't know what it is-- why people like drag. I mean,
when we did it, we did it sort of, uh, out of necessity. When
we were doing the club show, we got tired of writing about guys,
and we couldn't get any women to stay in our group. Everytime
someone would perform, they would get a job somewhere, and so
it's just us that-- we couldn't get jobs anywhere. (laughs)
[clip of KITH ~ "The Poker Game"]
I think-- I miss doing the live shows with the guys. I think I'm
probably old enough now that I'm really romanticizing the early
days. But it seemed that people who like the show really felt
an affiliation with the show. Y'know, that there-- we were all
in on something together. And fans of the Kids In The Hall really
do approach us as if we were a part of their social group. You
know, there's not a real-- a real distance between us, and that's
kind of a nice thing.
[clip of KITH ~ "Bad Doctor"]
My humour tends to be a little on the dark side, a little bit
morbid. I think my babyface, my innocent *visage*, has made it
easier for me to get away with things that maybe some of the other
Kids couldn't have gotten away with. I could say some pretty horrible
things, and everyone would say, "Aw, look at the cute axe-murderer!"
[ends with clip of Dave, as the bad doctor, saying "Well, I really
should be going now..."]